Manual transmissions require far less maintenance than automatics. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a fluid check from time to time. Here’s what you should know about checking and adding fluid to your manual transmission, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.
Except in rare instances, manual transmissions don’t have an easily accessible way to check and add fluid. Instead of a dipstick, there’s typically only a bolt sealing off a port in the side of the transmission where fluid can be added. This is also where the fluid level is checked and maintained.
On most vehicles, the fluid level should be about as high as the transmission can be filled, before it begins to leak out of the fill hole; to find out if your car, truck, or SUV differs, consult with the manufacturer. Typically, a tube and funnel, a tube and a bottle, or a tube attached to a pump is used to fill a manual transmission, as the location is generally not easy to access.
If the transmission isn’t leaking, there should be no need to add fluid, other than when changing it at scheduled intervals. However, a small leak can go undetected, slowly draining your transmission of fluid without an obvious drip on the ground. If your transmission is shifting hard, popping out of gear, making noise, or running excessively hot, it’s a good idea to have your fluid level checked.
For professional service in checking and replacing the fluid or oil in your manual transmission, and for all your other transmission maintenance and repair needs, our expert technicians have you covered. For the best transmission service shop in Ithaca, NY, call or stop by Autoworks today.
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